I have a friend coming over today to ask me some things about homeschooling.
I am kinda afraid that I am going to get excited and vomit 7 years of jumbled up information on her.
"Just be a good listener"
I keep telling myself.
But wouldn't it be great if I were just a good listener and didn't have to keep reminding myself to be one?
I feel like at some point I'm going to be like,
"Wait...what did you just say?
I was chanting be a good listener in my head and totally missed it."
I remember my Grandmother just listening to me when my kids were babies...(like they were all babies)..and really, whatever I said, she would say "You probably know best."
That was so encouraging!
A bunch of hooey.
But I think that is something sorely missing at times: simple encouragement.
We are smart. There isn't much we can't figure out or look up for ourselves.
I remember taking David to his Developmental Pediatrician when he was 5 or 6.
Everyone from Dr.'s to pre-school teachers kept telling us what he couldn't do.
This Dr. played with him for a bit and came back and said,
"I think he is wonderful. You two are doing an excellent job as parents with him. Here is what we can do to make some things easier for him...."
It was seriously a turning point in our lives - the encouragement as well as the information.
I think as homeschoolers, parents, people....encouraging one another is huge.
**The photo - because every blog needs a photo: Max standing pennies on end. I see pennies and think, "we need to scoop these up." Max see them and thinks, "I bet I can stand them on end."